History faculty congratulate the recipients of the 2018-2019 History Awards:

  • History Achievement Scholarship: Antonia Scholerman
  • History Research Grant: Hudson Kennedy
  • History Essay Prize: Andy Alvarez, Dayna Ragasa, César Tucux Lopez
  • Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 – 18 History Awards:
    History Achievement Scholarship: Hudson Kennedy
    History Research Grant: Jodi Harrison and Martin Salinas
    History Essay Prize: Hudson Kennedy and Sara Madden
  • Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of Western’s Outstanding Graduating Student Awards! Craig Carter (History Major) is the recipient of the Delmer Dewey Outstanding Graduating Student Award and Sara Madden (Social Science Major, History emphasis) is the recipient of the Julia McCulloch Smith Outstanding Graduating Student Award. https://wou.edu/westernjournal/westerns-outstanding-leaders/
  • Dr. Kimberly Jensen (Professor of History) worked with students in her History Honors Colloquium in Winter, 2018 on the movement for women’s suffrage in Oregon. Visit http://www.oregonwomenshistory.org/oregon-2020/ for interviews with contemporary leaders and scholars on the significance of the vote for women as well as research on diverse women across Oregon during the movement for suffrage. 
  • The linked Visual Archive contains a narrative and images of Professor John Recor’s work with the people in rural Chile between the years 1965-1968.  It offers a perspective of the culture of “campesinos” or yeomen farmers, and how modernization has changed their lives. Both English and Spanish versions are available: Life in rural Chile in the 1960s
  • Dr. Kimberly Jensen (Professor of History) recently published a chapter in an edited volume: “Gender and Citizenship,” in Gender and the Great War, eds. Tammy Proctor and Susan Grayzel (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). She also has a forthcoming publication, “‘Women’s Positive Patriotic Duty to Participate’: The Practice of Female Citizenship in Oregon and the Expanding Surveillance State during the First World War and its Aftermath,” Oregon Historical Quarterly 118, no. 2 (Summer 2017): 198-233.
  • Senior Max Norr has compiled an online exhibit on four World War I letterbooks as part of an internship with Professor Kimberly Jensen. Max collaborated with scholars in Australia, Canada, and Britain to research the nurse Genevieve Lantz, whose patients filled these letterbooks with drawings, journal entries, and poetry. Max’s research is on display on the first floor of the Hamersly Library until the end of spring, and can also be found on their online exhibit at http://record-keeper.blogspot.com
  • Dr. Kimberly Jensen (Professor of History) participated in several panels around Oregon on Citizenship and Civil Liberties on the World War I Homefront, organized by the Oregon Historical Society.
  • Dr. Kimberly Jensen (Professor of History) is featured on the PBS series “American Experience: The Great War” where she discusses women and the home front during the First World War.
  • Dr. Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop (Associate Professor of History) has been selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for University Teachers on “Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: The Voices of Women in Literature, Cinema, and Other Arts Since Independence”
  • Dr. John Rector (Professor of History) and Dr. Elizabeth Swedo (Assistant Professor of History) accompanied three History students (James Masnov, Spencer Welter, and Kaitlyn Kirkman) to the Phi Alpha Theta Northwest Regional Conference in April, 2017. James Masnov’s paper, “Columbia Vanishing:  Disappearance of the American Republic and the Emergence of the Modern State” was nominated for nominated for an award.
  • Dr. Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop gave a lecture entitled “After the Image: Photography, Text, and History in Flandrin’s Casablanca” at Washington State University, Vancouver, on February 24, 2016.  The lecture was sponsored by the WSUV History Department and Diversity Council.
  • Dr. Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop (Assistant Professor of History) will present a paper entitled “Casablanca Retro: Colonial Photography, History and Memory in Postcolonial Morocco” in Chicago on November 5 at the Inter Chicago Circle for Experimental Critical Theory (InterCcECT). For more information, go to: http://interccect.com/2015/10/19/decolonizing-images/
  • Dr. Max Geier’s (Emeritus Professor of History) book, The Color of Night: Race, Railroaders, and Murder in the Wartime West was published by Oregon State University Press in November 2015 (see http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/color-of-night). For an account of his personal experience as a juror that inspired this book project, see the blog post prepared in conjunction with the book release: http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/blog/race-gender-and-class-issues-in-courtroom.
  • Dr. Bob Reinhardt’s book The End of a Global Pox: America and the Eradication of Smallpox in the Cold war Era was published by The University of North Carolina Press in September 2015 (http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3685). Dr. Reinhardt served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at WOU during the 2014-2015 academic year. He is the new Director of the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem, Oregon.



  • 2018 Senior Thesis Presentations will take place at WOU’s Academic Excellence Showcase on Thursday, May 31 from 1 – 3 in the Columbia Room at the Werner University Center (see the presentation schedule at https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/aes_event/2018/history/) and on Saturday, June 9 in HL 107 at 1:00pm.


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